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Diverting food and plants from the landfill

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The City of Cupertino is committed to delivering programs and services that help residents and businesses divert food and plants from the landfill. These programs and services include the following:

  • Curbside Composting:  All residents of single family homes and participating multi-family complexes can put food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plants in their green or brown yard waste cart. These materials are collected by your garbage hauler, Recology, and turned into nutrient rich compost. 
  • Compost Site: Free bulk compost is available to all Cupertino residents at the City’s compost site. 
  • Home Composting: The UC Cooperative Extension Composting Education Program offers community classes throughout Santa Clara County that teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins and apply the compost in their landscapes and gardens. 
  • Commercial Organics: Many businesses and large properties in Cupertino are mandated to collect organic material for recycling under a three-phase program.